The Unexpected Change

"I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt."
GENESIS 45:4
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The Unexpected Change
We may not look at this manifestation of Joseph only in passing but may consider the great affection of the heart by which both Joseph and his brothers were benumbed. I would not know how I should have reacted when he said: "I am Joseph." Nor do they know. What will happen, then, when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comes, who also disciplines us in various ways in this life and allows us to be troubled, scourged, killed, etc.? What great joy there will be after that sudden and unexpected change, since we previously felt that He was a very harsh tyrant who wanted to destroy everyone in a trice! Then He will say: "I am Joseph; I am your Savior."

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 8:15)
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